One of the most famous trials in U.S. history took place in a tiny town in Tennessee in 1925. The defendant, John T. Scopes, was accused of violating a state law that made it illegal to teach the theory of evolution. It was nicknamed the Scopes Monkey Trial and raised issues that are still important today.

  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane
  • Series: Monumental Milestones
  • Year Published: 2006
  • Age Level: 8-13
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Considering the complexity of the topic, this title does a remarkable job of presenting brief, understandable discussions. (School Library Journal)

This book is a good introduction to the trial which covers the basic events. For example, Whiting notes that the lawyers had to coach the testimony out of the two student “witnesses” against Scopes, which they then memorized. Whiting does an excellent job covering the play Inherit the Wind, showing how inaccurate and misleading the play is. As a whole, an excellent book. (